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Wednesday, June 22, 2016, 21:03

Maldives appoints new vice president

By Xinhua

Maldives appoints new vice president
In this combination photograph created on June 10, 2016, a person injured in an explosion aboard the presidential speedboat Finifenma is transferred to an accompanying police speedboat at the official jetty, Izzuddin Faalan, in Male on Sept 28, 2015, left, and former Maldives tourism minister and deputy leader Ahmed Adeeb speaks during a press conference in Male on Nov 11, 2013, right. (AFP)

COLOMBO - The Maldivian government announced its shuffle to the cabinet Wednesday, with Minister of Finance and Treasury Abdulla Jihad being appointed as vice president.

Abdulla Jihad is the third vice president in the presidency of Abdulla Yameen, and also the successor of Ahmed Adheeb, who was dismissed after being suspected of being involved in the explosion on board the presidential boat eight months ago.

The Deputy Minister at the Education Ministry, Abdulla Nazim Ibrahim, has been appointed as the Health Minister.

While Ahmed Munawar has been appointed as the new Minister of Finance and Treasury, Aminath Zeneesha Shaheed Zaki has been appointed as the Minister of Gender and Family.

At a ceremony held at the President's Office Wednesday, the newly appointed ministers took their oath in front of the Maldivian Supreme Court Judge, Abdulla Areef.

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